I am a new writer and have been loyal and involved with one blog since beginning this experience. But now there’s this love related site whose owner wants me to write a blog. Writing about love isn’t really my favorite topic. It usually doesn’t get my creative juices flowing but I just wrote something that I’ve been meaning to write and it’s love related. The new site pays $5-$10 per blog depending on length. We’re not talking big bucks here but for someone raising kids on her own every little bit counts.
Would it be terrible if I submitted it to be posted on both sites? Is there some unwritten cyber rule about that? Would you do that? What should I do?
Newbie And Loyal Blogger
Dear Newbie And Loyal Blogger,
There is no problem here! As a freelance writer you have the right to write for any website, blog, magazine, newspaper, or print media. Only time there can be a problem is if you sign a contract with said media outlets. Many times when freelancers receive monetary compensation you no longer have rights to the work, especially if there is a written and signed contract. So make sure to read the fine print if and when you sign something!
There are some unwritten rules regarding publishing one post on multiple blogs. It all depends on the publisher/website owner. Some are open to it but most rather the content be exclusive to their website for Search Engine Optimization purposes. They want to be the site that gets the hits for that article or story. If that same piece is published on another blog it is taking away from there numbers.
As for this particular story, I suggest you change the content a bit for each blog. That way it’s still a different post. As long as it has a different focus, theme, or message, the story can be the same. You just have to revise and refocus the piece so you don’t anger your publishers. You don’t want to burn your bridges!
One extra piece of advice: connect the two blogs you are writing for through your byline. A byline for writers is a 2-3 sentence blurb that details the writing experience and personality of the writer. My blurb is at the end of each and every post on this website and also on any other website that I freelance for. The byline serves multiple purposes. Besides sharing your story with your fans, you also promote the websites and blogs you write for. Readers will be exposed to each website and/or blog so it’s a win win!
So Newbie and Loyal Blogger, just go for it! No one will hate you for it. If they do, that’s called haterade and your pepa™ doesnt need any of that negativity.
Good luck and stay tuned for a Sujeiry, 1st Lady of Love workshop on blogging!
Love strongly and wisely,
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